Examples of the two mounts in question are linked to below.
Celestron Omni CG4: https://www.highpoin...ial-mount-91509
Sky-Watcher NEQ5: https://www.raig.co....cher-neq5-b18f/
Are they the same mounts, just with different branding and trim details?
Also, can either and/or both of these two manual EQ mounts be relatively easily converted to motor-driven later if that became a desire? I actually don’t want a motor, but I could imagine the desire arising at some point, so it would be cool if there were an established upgrade path without getting an entirely different mount.
As background, I haven’t used an EQ mount since I was a kid (and have only used an Alt-Az astronomy mount/tripod 3 times, lol, just this past weekend), but I was considering getting a manual EQ mount just to see how I’d do with it. Play around, explore, see what I like, that kind of thing. But, and I’m just asking, it also occurred to me that at some point I might become interested in having such a mount driven so as to have an object stay in my eyepiece indefinitely and possibly also so as to be able to take some amateurish snapshots without star trails. Please understand, I’m not talking about serious astrophotography here. I hate Photoshop, for example, and have absolutely no interest, zero, in stacking photos in specialized software and spending thousands on astrophotography gear, etc. I’m talking like the camera might just be my iPhone. And, I’m just asking. I’m actually a beginner, but this question about two specific models seemed a bit specific for the Beginners Forum, so I thought I’d ask here.
So, with the above caveats in place, my final question:
If either/both of these mounts could be converted to driven, would it be worth it for even amateurish snapshot-type photographs of a few brighter targets (Pleiades, Double Cluster, maybe the Orion Nebula, planets), or would the result just be a useless blurred mess due to shaking from a cludged-together drive motor solution?
But my main questions are just: 1) are they the same mounts but with different branding and trim, and 2) could motor drive be added to either/both somewhere down the line if such became desired? The photo question is secondary or even tertiary (if you can’t tell, I’m a bit afraid to even mention the word "photography" around here, lol. No offense meant - I really enjoy looking at the photographs others post here, but it’s just not a rabbit hole I have any interest in going down myself. Still, I have some curiosity to the extent of what I asked above, so, pearls clutched, I asked).
Edited by therealdmt, 01 October 2020 - 04:25 AM.